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Berlin Highlights 2017

The event highlights at a glance:

  • IGA Berlin 2017 – An Ocean of Colours
  • 500 Years of the Reformation
  • Berlin open-air: Fete de la Musique and Christopher Street Day

In Berlin, there’s always so much to do, every day of the year, any time of the day – a sparkling array of events, highlights, entertainment and culture. Berlin is 365/24. The first IGA in Berlin will make international garden art come alive, the Reformation celebrates its 500th anniversary in the capital, and two festivals turn Berlin into a sparkling metropolis.

IGA Berlin 2017 – An Ocean of Colours

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186 days of urban green in Marzahn-Hellersdorf: From 13 April to 15 October 2017, the first international garden show IGA in Berlin will focus on urban natures and culture in diverse dimensions. On the premises around the Gardens of the World, the Kienberg and the valley of the river Wuhle, the IGA will make international garden art come alive and will give new impulses for modern urban development. A funicular, which will float above the exhibitions grounds, and a summer toboggan run at the 100 metre high Kienberg are also planned. The newly-built Kienbergpark around the IGA grounds will be accessible free of charge after the garden show. Apart from extensive offerings for garden lovers, diverse events and activities for young and old will inform about urban gardening.

More information are available at

The Luther Effect. 500 Years of the Reformation

To mark the 500th anniversary of the reformation the Deutsches Historisches Museum features an exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau on the times of the reformation and the impacts of Protestantism around the world until today.

Martin-Gropius-Bau, 12 April - 5 November 2017,

Berlin open-air: Fete de la Musique and Christopher Street Day

Fête de la Musique
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Fête de la Musique im Mauerpark

Fête de la Musique

International day of music with music programmes from all genres all over the city. This event is a highlight for all music-lovers, onlookers and spontaneous Kiez visitors.

(Open-air) stages in all of Berlin, 21 June 2017,

39th CSD Berlin

At Christopher Street Day Berlin, lesbians, gays, transgenders, intersexual and bisexual people demonstrate for equal rights and protest against all forms of discrimination in society.

Start at Kurfürstendamm, 22 July 2017,


Lollapalooza Berlin

Two days of live music, fashion, food, and art – since 2015, the most important US-American pop festival takes place in Berlin.

Location to be announced, 9-10 September 2017,

Berlin Light Weeks

Festival of Lights
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Festival of Lights

Each fall, two festivals turn Berlin into a sparkling metropolis. Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower, and other icons will shine in the brightest colours.

Berlin leuchtet: various locations, 29 September - 15 October 2017,

Festival of Lights: various location, 6 - 15 October 2017,


Winter in Berlin

Christmas Markets in Berlin

More than 60 Christmas markets for all tastes begin welcoming guests starting in November with traditional gingerbread, mulled wine, and roasted chestnuts.

Various locations, from the end of November 2017,

New Year’s Eve Party at Brandenburg Gate

Stage programme, party mile and spectacular midnight fireworks show.

Brandenburger Tor and Straße des 17. Juni, 31 December 2017,

Silvester am Brandenburger Tor
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Silvester am Brandenburger Tor